#1
A starter note: Boiling bass strings is not good. Putting metal in water makes it rust. Putting metal in an over before the water makes the metal rusty makes the metal more fragile and makes it sound worse. Do not boil bass strings.

Anyway, on the very famous tunemybass.com, the webmaster gives directions to wash bass strings with Denatured Alcohol. Does this work? And is there a better way then to make a ridiculous PVC pipe resovoir?
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#2
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A starter note: Boiling bass strings is not good. Putting metal in water makes it rust. Putting metal in an over before the water makes the metal rusty makes the metal more fragile and makes it sound worse. Do not boil bass strings.

Anyway, on the very famous tunemybass.com, the webmaster gives directions to wash bass strings with Denatured Alcohol. Does this work? And is there a better way then to make a ridiculous PVC pipe resovoir?


IMO It works better than boiling. I do it all the time. I say go for it.
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#3
Does it really make them sound brand new? I use stainless steels, and that chorusy bumblebee sound is dear to my heart.

Also, what do you put it all in?

How many times can you wash a set before they're dead-dead?

Finally, what if my strings have silk ends? Does the alcohol make them look ugly and/or smell?
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#4
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Does it really make them sound brand new? I use stainless steels, and that chorusy bumblebee sound is dear to my heart.

Also, what do you put it all in?

How many times can you wash a set before they're dead-dead?

Finally, what if my strings have silk ends? Does the alcohol make them look ugly and/or smell?


1.) It makes my strings sound new.
2.) http://www.tunemybass.com/strings/bass_string_cleaning_tube.html
3.) The most I have done was 3 times. After that they sound new for like a day or two not the usual month and few weeks.
4.) Sorry can't answer that one. Never used silk ended strings before.
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#5
Yeah I really wanted to avoid making that PVC pipe container thingy.
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#6
You can always get an old cookie tray or baking pan that’s at least is deep enough to cover your strings with liquid coil them up and drop them in. Just make sure you cover it because that shit evaporates very quickly.
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#7
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A starter note: Boiling bass strings is not good. Putting metal in water makes it rust. Putting metal in an over before the water makes the metal rusty makes the metal more fragile and makes it sound worse. Do not boil bass strings.


I boiled my last set of strings 3 or 4 times. Every time they came out sounding awesome and were completely rust-free. Then a quick wipe with some alcahol based cleaner/ lubricant (the one I have is some Planet Waves crap, and it doesn't clean shit. Lubes them strings up nice though) and I'm good to go.
Boiling bass strings works for me every time.
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#8
Metal + water does not equal rust. Metal + Water + oxygen = rust. So if you boil them and wipe them down dry straight away they will not go rusty.

My experience with boiling and strings and using alcohol is thata, although they come out sounding new, it only lasts for a few days and then they go back to how they were.

There is, and never will be, a substitute for new strings.

if you're skint though, it can get some life back..
#9
I agree with both of the above. I have never had any of my strings go rusty on me, and I find that boiling does work to an extent. It's better than nothing anyway
#10
Water can get between the windings and in the cores, even if you wipe them. When the cores rust, you're toast. But that's all good to know, thanks.
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Metal + water does not equal rust. Metal + Water + oxygen = rust. So if you boil them and wipe them down dry straight away they will not go rusty.

My experience with boiling and strings and using alcohol is thata, although they come out sounding new, it only lasts for a few days and then they go back to how they were.

There is, and never will be, a substitute for new strings.

if you're skint though, it can get some life back..

Perfectly said
#13
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Whell if you play on the strings imeedietly after you boil them the vibrations shake out the water from the core.

And they shake it all into the pick-ups on your bass. I'd rather have a rusty core than dead pups.
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And they shake it all into the pick-ups on your bass. I'd rather have a rusty core than dead pups.


Whell for one there is no chance of the pup shorting out! It generates current from teh vibration in a coil! No energy is sent from the amp at all! (Unless the amp shorts, then your BAss is ****ed nomatter what you do)

Secondly, what little water gets into the core is an extremely small amount. Almost a nonexistant amount. The most that will come out is a EXTREMELY light dew around the string! And your skin will suck that up real easy just from playing!
#16
what i do is melt vaseline in the microwave and mix it with alcohol i leave my strings in it overnight and PRESTO! good as new.
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#17
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what i do is melt vaseline in the microwave and mix it with alcohol i leave my strings in it overnight and PRESTO! good as new.



That sounds disgusting, and almost like a type of sex lube.
#18
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what i do is melt vaseline in the microwave and mix it with alcohol i leave my strings in it overnight and PRESTO! good as new.



You better keep quiet about that. That's Elixer's secret string coating recipe. They wouldn't be happy if they found out you knew it.
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